Career Academies

Health Science Academy

The Health Science Academy gives you the chance to explore a career in the health field while earning college credit before you graduate from high school!

This academy will begin to prepare you for entering the healthcare workforce in medical and dental offices, hospitals, laboratories, long-term care facilities, and more.

Careers in healthcare are in high-demand and the job opportunities continue to expand. As new technologies develop, our ability to diagnosis and treat patients improves allowing individuals to live longer healthier lives.

Career Opportunities

Your career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
  • Dental assistant
  • Dental hygienist
  • Licensed practical nurse (LPN)
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Occupational therapy assistant
  • Physical therapist assistant
  • Register nurse (RN)
  • Respiratory care technician

Program Costs

  • Your school district pays for your courses and provides the textbooks.
  • You are responsible for transportation costs to the course locations.
  • You are responsible for any supplies, field trips, and activities in and out of the classroom.

Who can participate?

  • Any 9th-12th grade student who meets the requirements.
  • Students who are able to travel to the course locations.

What can you do after you graduate from high school?

If you complete the Health Science Academy, you will receive up to 22 credits (approximately a $3,000 value) toward your college degree!

You can continue your education at Hawkeye in programs such as:

Where are courses located?

Courses for the Health Science Academy are located on Hawkeye’s Main Campus, at the Independence Center, Waverly Outreach Center, and Western Outreach Center.

Course locations may vary; contact your guidance counselor for availability.

Health Science Academy Courses

The course sequence may vary.

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) have minimum score requirements; contact your guidance counselor for details.

Semester 1 – Fall
ENG105 Composition I * -OR- 3
SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication * 3
HSC113 Medical Terminology 2
Total Credits 5
Semester 2 – Spring
PNN103 Nursing Calculations * 2
SOC110 Introduction to Sociology * 3
Total Credits 5
Semester 3 – Fall
BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology * 3
PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition * -OR- 2
BIO151 Nutrition 3
Total Credits 5
Semester 4 – Spring
PNN100 Nursing Assistant 3
PNN343 Nurse Perspect Lifespan * 3
PSY111 Introduction to Psychology * 3
Total Credits 9

Semester 1 – Fall

ENG105 Composition I * -OR-

3 credits—Composition I emphasizes fluency, thesis-driven organization, the use of supporting details, and research techniques. Writing is approached as a recursive process that includes prewriting strategies, drafting, revising, and editing. The course helps students shape writing to serve readers' needs and define a sense of purpose in their writing. It also gives students strategies for reading college-level material.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Appropriate COMPASS scores or equivalent.

SPC101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication *

3 credits—This course presents elements of the oral communications process with emphasis on developing interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills. Students will be involved in activities that provide opportunity for the understanding and improvement of their oral communication skills.

Lecture Hours: 48

HSC113 Medical Terminology

2 credits—This course presents the foundation necessary to develop a basic medical terminology vocabulary. Emphasis on the components of terms as related to each body system will be provided. The course further provides the student with the opportunity to properly spell, pronounce and utilize medical terms in relation to pathological conditions, tests, and procedures. Common medical abbreviations will also be discussed for each system.

Lecture Hours: 32

Semester 2 – Spring

PNN103 Nursing Calculations *

2 credits—This course is designed to present mathematics necessary to convert between the American, metric, and apothecary systems of measurement using ratio-proportion and dimensional analysis methods. The course also includes intake and output calculations, percentages of change with weights, calories and fluids, calculating feeding solutions, drug dosage calculations, and determining IV flow rates.

Lecture Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): MAT063, MAT110, or MAT156

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology *

3 credits—This course surveys the basic principles, concepts, and research findings of social life from small groups to societies. The course examines a range of sociological explanations for the various forms of social behaviors and establishes a basis for reflection and further study in the field.

Lecture Hours: 48

Semester 3 – Fall

BIO159 Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology *

3 credits—This course provides a basic overview of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It is designed to provide practical nursing, and other health science students with an understanding of normal body structure and function as a basis for the study of variations from normal health.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in BIO042.

PNN270 Introduction to Nutrition * -OR-

2 credits—This course evaluates attitudes and helps develop understanding and the skills necessary to good basic nutrition at the personal level and with clinical application throughout the lifespan. It includes a study of the components and functions of food, preservation of nutrients, and principles of digestion.

Lecture Hours: 32

Prerequisite(s): ENG061, MAT063, SDV025, BIO041

BIO151 Nutrition

3 credits—Principles of Nutrition will introduce students to the science of nutrition. The course will examine individual nutrients; their structure and function in the human body; nutrient composition of food; and selection of food to meet nutrient needs, maintain health and satisfaction. Students will understand and apply present day knowledge of nutrition to dietary patterns and needs of selected individuals and groups. The course is an advanced beginning course in human nutrition designed for students with a science background.

Lecture Hours: 48

Semester 4 – Spring

PNN100 Nursing Assistant

3 credits—This course is designed to meet the training requirements of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA) for aides working in nursing facilities (NF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Emphasis in the course is on students achieving a basic level of knowledge and demonstrating skills to provide safe, effective resident/client care. This course parallels PNN-132 Nursing Fundamentals I.

Lecture Hours: 32 Lab Hours: 16 Clinic Hours: 32

PNN343 Nurse Perspect Lifespan *

3 credits—This course is a study of the stages of normal growth and development including physical, behavioral and personality development from conception to death. Special emphasis is placed on phases and processes of aging.

Lecture Hours: 48

Prerequisite(s): Complete of Practical Nursing admission requirements, ENG061, MAT063, RDG040, and BIO042 with a minimum grade of C.

PSY111 Introduction to Psychology *

3 credits—This course provides an introduction to the study of behavior with emphasis in the areas of learning, cognition, motivation, personality, behavioral disorder, therapy, and social influence. An understanding of the impact of both theoretical perspectives and experimental evidence on the formulation of the science of human behavior is also stressed. Psychological theories and principles are utilized to explain and predict behavior.

Lecture Hours: 48

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